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Ben Herden

Introducing the Gymea team. Home Loans

Mortgage Choice, Gymea, in the Community

We are excited to once again be involved with the Sutherland Shire Relay for Life as the major sponsor of the raffle for the event. This is something that we are passionate in supporting and have done so since 2012. Michele Hutchen is also an active committee member, assisting with the organisation of the event.

Mortgage Choice at Gymea - Winners

  • 2018 Summer Quarter Business Excellence Award - Financial Planning
  • 2018 Summer Quarter Business Excellence Award - Multi operator
  • High Flyers Award - Growth - 2017
  • Business Excellence Award Dec 2015
  • National Multi Operator of the Year 2011/2012
  • Finalist MFAA Excellence Awards 2012
  • The Advisor Magazine Top 20 Brokers (2011)
  • MPA Magazine Top 100 Brokers (2011)
  • National Multi Operator of the Year 2010/2011
  • Mortgage Choice High Flyers Award 2010/2011
  • 2010 Summer Quarter Business Excellence Award (awarded March 2011)
  • 2009 Mortgage Choice Business Excellence Award for South NSW/ACT (awarded at the 2010 National Conference)
  • 2010 Mortgage Choice "Contribution To The System" Award (awarded at the 2010 National Conference).

Mortgage Choice at Gymea has won a number of external customer service awards over the years (Sutherland Shire Small Business Awards for Professional Services, and finalists in both the Engadine & Gymea Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards again in 2007). These aren't industry awards given to the best salesperson, rather customer service driven awards voted for by our clients and the community. We are very proud of these achievements.


Celebrating International Women's Day 2024 (this office would be nothing without the efforts of these ladies)...




Ben Herden

Ben Herden

Ben joined Mortgage Choice in May of 1999 and is the Principal of Mortgage Choice at Gymea. Previously Ben spent 5 years with ANZ in various lending roles. He lives locally in Cronulla with his wife and 4 children.

Ben's background is in Home and Commercial Lending. He spent the first 5 years after University (B.A.) in various lending roles within the ANZ Bank, including Lending Manager at two busy city branches.

Ben purchased his first Mortgage Choice franchise in May 1999, quickly moving into a shared office in Caringbah before moving to his own office in Engadine. April 2008 saw a move to Gymea, the centre of the Sutherland Shire. 

Contact Ben via email or LinkedIn

Michele Hutchen has been a leading Senior Loan Writer with Mortgage Choice within the Sutherland Shire for close to 25 years.  she is one of the few female loan writers in this area, and brings a unique perspective to every situation.    She has over 30 years of banking experience under her belt in total. Michele has won several Mortgage Choice Awards, including Loans Consultant of the Quarter and finalist for Loans Consultant of the Year at the National Conference. Michele has also completed her Diploma of Finance and Diploma of Business & Diploma of Management. Previous to joining Mortgage Choice Michele worked at St George and Westpac Bank in both Mortgage & Personal Lending. Michele enjoys working with all her clients to help them realise their dream of owning their own home or Investment property.

Michele is also an active committee member for the Sutherland Shire Relay for Life which Mortgage Choice Gymea are proud the major sponsor of the raffle in over the last 5 years. Michele also raised $4000 in the Chris O'Brien Charity Ride in 2013. Michele is also an active member of the BNI - Southern business networking group since 2014. 

Contact Michele via email or call 02 9525 4544


"From the very beginning, Michele was a joy to work with. She walked us through the maze of the home loan world and explained everything in terms that we could understand. From our first meeting, we felt cherished and had 100% trust that Michele would look out for us and get us the best loan that she could.

And indeed she did exactly that - she held our hands every step of the way. During the process, I fell pregnant and Michele took as much of the pressure and stress from me as she could. She worked tirelessly to get us a second home loan to cover what we needed when waiting for settlement of our old home. 

She recently helped us out when we had issues discharging our old mortgage and again worked tirelessly for us. She did this even knowing that there was no commission in it - but we are her clients and she again put us first. I have so much respect for Michele as a broker and after our experience with her, I have amazing respect for Michele as a person. Without a doubt, our experience would have been much more stressful without Michele. Thank you again and again, Michele. You are simply amazing"

- C and S Kelly, 2016


'Michele Hutchen from Gymea was very caring and helpful. She helped us get out of a bad mortgage situation and took the time to help us when no one else would. She refinanced us to a much lower rate with a reputable bank. We are so grateful.'

- J Cobb 2015, Helensburgh



Christine Fowles

Christine Fowles

Christine joined the Mortgage Choice Gymea team in 2015 having worked for GE Money. Chris is the expert in putting your applications together for the very best chance of fast loan approval. Need to know what a bank will look for in an application? Speak with Christine! We couldn't operate at this level without her.  

Contact Christine via email or LinkedIn

Kylie Andrews

Kylie Andrews

After 25 years’ experience working in the legal industry, Kylie made the switch to banking and finance, joining the Mortgage Choice Gymea team in 2018. Kylie is your connection with the banks and will keep you informed of how your loan application is processing from submission right through to settlement. 

Contact Kylie via email



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